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Beautiful New 3 Bedroom Bungalow

Bedrooms 3
Space 948 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

This beautiful 3 bedroom Spanish style bungalow is nestled in a little subdivision that backs onto a small river. This air conditioned home features an open floor plan with the living room, dinette and kitchen all flowing together. In the front, a spacious veranda finished in ceramic tile is great for sitting and enjoying the scenery. Out the back door, stepping stones lead to a circular patio with firepit in the center, all shaded by a mango tree. Just 2 minutes outside the town of Paquera, this area is a haven for birds and wildlife. Howler monkeys and white faced monkeys frequent the property and over 150 species of birds, including parrots, hummingbirds and cuckoos visit regularly. Relatively untouched by development, this region is still quite typical of Costa Rican life prior to the tourist boom. Oxcarts are used to haul material and horses are not uncommon. Just two minutes up the road however the new medical center, banks, supermarkets, and restaurants are all easily accessible. Just ten minutes away is Playa Organos, a great beach where they have night kayak plankton bio luminescence kayak tours!

Michael Phelan
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 10, 2018

About Michael Phelan

I live in Edmonton, Alberta Canada but I love this wonderful part of Costa Rica. My daughter, son in law, and my grandson live in the capital San Jose, so Costa Rica is really my second home. Come down, enjoy the house, and this beautiful area and the great people of Costa Rica.

Michael Phelan purchased this house in 2012

Why Michael Phelan chose Paquera

We looked long and hard and finally settled here because of the great blend of nature and close proximity to all of the services in the town.

What makes this house unique

Whether you are walking to the convenience store 100 yards from the house, or driving the winding roads down to the beach, you know you are truly in a different country and not an all inclusive that is identical to every other all inclusive the world over. Its fun to 'explore' and bit. It is also very safe in this area. It is quite quiet and the local people are very friendly.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed at the house near Paquera for a week in February. It was beautiful. The weather was around 30C degrees and wonderfully sunny. The small town of Paquera is nestled on the Nicoya Peninsula and it is a quaint little town off the beaten path. It is a short drive from beaches, nature reserves, golfing and sport fishing.(never had an Iguana attack my golf ball before). The house is brand new and accommodated us, a family of four, very comfortably. We enjoyed having enough room to relax after a long day of exploring. We were enthralled by the nature walks that we took down the road outside the house, there being a boisterous group of howler monkeys in the neighborhood. It was the trip of a lifetime and we would gladly return!
Feb 2014
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Paquera House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 948 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 8:00 AM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Spacious full bath features great floor to ceiling ceramic work and a large shower with hot water.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Spacious bedroom with large closet
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Medium sized room with large closet
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Medium sized room with large closet
  • Large bedrooms include spacious closets and windows with ornate ironwork and screens.
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • marina
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • kayaking
  • mountaineering
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
Manuel or Miriam will direct you to any and all other services or activities you are interested in. The best restaurant in Paquera is at the Hotel Ginana; great food and even prices! For seafood you have to hit 'Las Vegas'. Their seafood combo has a ton of lobster, crab, shrimp, clams, etc. all for $20!!! Taxistas are plentiful so don't worry if you didn't rent a vehicle. Playa Organos is our favorite beach, about 10 minutes away. It is quiet, mainly just a few locals, but if you want something livelier, go down the coast a bit to Montezuma and Santa Teresa. Much more tourists and here is where the night life is!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)

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Beautiful New 3 Bedroom Bungalow
average rating of 4.9 based on 11 reviews

Paquera is a small town with lots of good qualities. The house was wonderful.

  • 5 of 5

The house in Paquera was pretty, comfortable and clean. Any thing we needed was addressed quickly by the owner. There is a nice restaurant at the local hotel Gianna that has wonderful food. Curu Reserve is close and a great place to visit

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Lisa for your stay and remember we look forward to seeing back again sometime!
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Mike's Place is great

  • 5 of 5

Paquera is not a tourist destination, but Mike and Manuel helped us plan out a wonderful vacation while seeing how the locals live. We had everything we needed , and cooked entire meals while there. If in Paquera, this is a great place to stay.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quaint and Quiet

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Paquera at this wonderful quiet home for one week out of our three week trip to Costa Rica. We thoroughly enjoyed staying here! We used this as our home base as we explored the southern peninsula. There was a spectacular wildlife refuge close by called Curu National Wildlife Refuge that you shouldn't miss! It was nice to come back to this wonderful spacious home after a day of exploring. I would most definitely recommend a stay here if you are visiting the southern peninsula.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Arroyo Grande, Ca.

Comfort in the midst of the jungle

  • 5 of 5

My husband and two sons really wanted to experience the less touristy parts of the country without sacrificing safety and basic comforts.

Thanks to Mike's bungalow, we felt right at home in Costa Rica!

To begin with, we were given very detailed information in advance about the property, the area and contact information. Then, when we arrived, we were warmly greeted by Nena (she does the housekeeping) and her husband (he built the place). What a sweet couple! They offered to help us any way we needed and showed us around the spotless home and showed us how to use the various amenities (including an air conditioning unit, which was quite an appreciated luxury in the hot, humid climate). The town was also easy to get around in, with supermarkets and an ATM close by. The highlight of our time there was a 10-15 min jaunt to the Curú Nature preserve. The quantity and variety of native wildlife to see there was breathtaking (although there was also quite a bit of wildlife right outside our window, too!).

I highly recommend making the visit to Paquera and staying at this property.

Thanks for the memorable experience!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hartland NB . Canada


  • 5 of 5

Last winter Margaret and I were making plans to go on a vacation. By chance, I was working with Mike in Alberta and he suggested his cottage in Costa Rica. Margaret and I decided to try Costa Rica. What an experience. We enjoyed a beautiful Cottage, unbelievable weather, very friendly local people and an amazing vacation. We are very thankful to Mike for his help in guiding us to Costa Rica. This is one place we want to come back again

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sturgeon County, Alberta, Canada

Amazing Vacation!!

  • 5 of 5

Great house in the perfect location. If you are looking for a relaxing vacation away from the hustle and bustle of city life, this it it. The people and all the neighbors were so friendly and welcoming. The house is new and very clean and fully equipped with everything you could need including strong WiFi. The beautiful beach and ocean were only a 10 minute car ride away and we were close to several other attractions. We will definately be back!!

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Shauna, Thanks for the wonderful review. I'm so glad that you had such a great time. I really look forward to seeing you and Rob again and spending some time with you on your next visit! Mike
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Islas Tortugas
This is a must see! Great snorkeling and diving.
Ferry Paquera
This is a wonderful day trip over to Puntarenas. One hour and twenty minutes take you from t...
Refugio Nacional Curú
Wonderful wildlife reserve is only 5 kilometres from Paquera. A great place to see white fac...
Santa Teresa
One of the best beaches in Costa Rica!
Playa Órganos
Closest beach to the house and one of the nicest!
Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Hotel Ginana
Nearest Golf
18 Miles
Los Delphines
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Hotel Ginana
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
Playa Organos
Car: recommended

This laid back area of Costa Rica is like life may have been almost a hundred years ago. Not many tourists and a very 'typical' Costa Rican feel to the pace of life. Oxcarts are still used regularly to haul goods and horses are not uncommon. Not much English spoken in the area, which adds to the cultural experience. Paquera and the lower Nicoya Peninsula have not yet been overly developed, even though two of the best beaches in the country, Santa Teresa and Montezuma are here. Curu Biological Reserve is just 10 minutes from the house. From there, take the 10 minute boat ride over to Isla Tortuga for the best diving and snorkeling on the peninsula! The closest beach is Playa Organos. It is a beautiful 2 kilometer long stretch with a fair sized river on one end that flows into the pacific. An absolute must is the night kayak plankton bio luminescence tour! It is in the Playa Organos area and can be booked through Bahia Rica Tours. Isla Tortuga can be seen from Playa Organos with a sharp eye or binoculars. A little further down the coast, the busier tourist towns of Montezuma and Santa Teresa are always lively.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $195.13

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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